Tales from the Greenhouse: by Jean Barratt

Having a child with complex needs at home unexpectedly can be difficult and confusing for both the child and their extended family. Seashell Trust has been reaching out to the families of the children and young people it supports and to other families in the same situation.

Here, Seashell’s Royal School Manchester horticulture teacher, Jean Barrett, has put together some ideas about how to make the most of the growing season.

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World Autism Awareness Week: George's Story

My name is Helen and this is a little background as to why I'm writing this in support of Autism Awareness Week.

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Katie's Story: Why being a teacher with autism helps me teach students with autism

Why being a teacher with autism helps me teach students with autism

In order to teach a student with autism, you need to allow them to teach you first. Learn everything you can about the world they live in before you ask them to change it or adapt it in order to live in yours.

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The Hut Group adds Festive Cheer to Seashell Trust

On Monday 9 December, Seashell students were treated to a night of festivities.

The Hut Group turned Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, into a sparkling Christmas grotto, welcoming both students and staff members for an afternoon of magic.

Seashell’s students were treated to personalised stockings, drinks and a Christmas-themed afternoon tea. Santa and his helpers were also there to wish our children and young people a Merry Christmas!

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Early intervention that works through Stay and Play

Seashell Trust set up a weekly Stay and Play scheme in May 2017 as part of the Trust’s early intervention and prevention services. Research has shown that early intervention for children with complex needs has a positive impact on improving both their life outcomes and those of their families.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Jake

Occupational therapists work with individuals and groups to develop skills and abilities including:

Sensory awareness and promoting sensory processing skills

Hand function

Ability to control toys and equipment through switch controls

Ability to problem solving in daily life

Activities of daily living

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Jenny

Occupational therapy supports the activities which a person needs or wants to do in their everyday life

Self-Care - personal care, eating and drinking skills

Productivity - school and work skills, household management skills

Leisure - sports, creativity and  relaxation

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Henry

For many of our students sensory processing difficulties present barriers to participation in activities, through sensory profiling, sensory assessment and by embedding sensory strategies and sensory diets into the curriculum students are able to lead more meaningful lives.

Occupational therapy provision includes:

Providing advice and support in adapting activities for a variety of skill level e.g. using cooking as a way to explore the senses improve hand function or develop independence skills.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Julie

For many of our students sensory processing difficulties present barriers to participation in activities, through sensory profiling, sensory assessment and by embedding sensory strategies and sensory diets into the curriculum students are able to lead more meaningful lives.

Occupational therapy provision includes:

Assessing for and providing adapted equipment to enable increased levels of independence e.g. angled spoon.

Assessing and treating sensory difficulties.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November

The Occupational Therapy Team at Seashell assists students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life.  They work within a multi-disciplinary team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the students.

This week we celebrate Occupational Therapy Week 2019 with a focus on the theme: Small Change, Big Impact.  The aim of this theme is to celebrate and champion the impact of occupational therapy on the lives of service users and the communities they live in. 

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Toby

Occupational Therapists assist students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life.  They work within the multi-disciplinary team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the student, including:

Enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement in taking part in activities leads to learning and mastering new skills and developing positive self esteem.

Physical wellbeing, for example improved stamina may be achieved through taking part in an enjoyable activity such as gardening.

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World Mental Health Day: yoga can help mental health for those with complex needs

As a charity our key priority is our young people, children and staff’s wellbeing. Today marks world mental health day so we’re sharing our key yoga and breathing tips for supporting mental health for children with disabilities and communication needs.

Yoga and mindfulness techniques can be introduced to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with sensory processing and communication difficulties, therefore, promoting a better mental health and wellbeing.

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